www.psych.uic.edu

Current Residents

Chief Residents

  • Emily Troyer, MD
  • Sarah Anderson, MD
PGY 1
  • Amy Abramowitz, MD
  • Med School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Psychology)
  • Hometown: Charlotte, NC
  • Psychiatry Interests: women's mental health, technology in psychiatry, public psychiatry
  • Other Interests: running, Chicago restaurants, travel, college basketball
  • Laura Briz, MD
  • Med School: to be posted soon
  • Undergraduate: to be posted soon
  • Hometown: to be posted soon
  • Psychiatry Interests: to be posted soon
  • Other Interests: to be posted soon
  • Ann Chakkalakal, MD
  • Med School: to be posted soon
  • Undergraduate: to be posted soon
  • Hometown: to be posted soon
  • Psychiatry Interests: to be posted soon
  • Other Interests: to be posted soon
  • Eric Cheung, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Law School:University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign
  • Undergraduate: CUNY-Baruch College, Post-baccalaureate at Columbia University
  • Hometown: Queens, NY
  • Psychiatry Interests: All aspects, but particularly forensic psychiatry
  • Other Interests: Cooking, piano, and financial documentaries
  • Susan Colegrove, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.S, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Biology
  • Hometown: Des Plaines, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests: Forensics/Correctional, Addiction
  • Other Interests: Rehabilitation of abused dogs, backpacking, boxing, food
  • Jacob Fyda, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Undergraduate: B.S. University of Florida; Gainesville, FL; Biology
  • Hometown: Clearwater, FL
  • Psychiatry Interests:Adult Psychiatry, Psychotic disorders, Addiction, Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality disorder,  LGBT Health, phenomenology, Quality Improvement.
  • Other Interests: reading, travel, fitness, downhill skiing
  • Languages: English, Polish
  • Jessica Gardiner, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.A. Psychology with concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • Hometown: Skokie, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health Advocacy, Child Advocacy, and Forensic Psychiatry
  • Other Interests:Yard games (Bags/Corn hole, Kubb etc.), Boating, Strategy board games, Reading, Archery
  • Caroline Holmes, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Hometown: Naperville, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests: women's mental health
  • Other Interests: Old movies, cooking, podcasts, history
  • Marisa Jackson, MD, PhD
  • Med School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Psychiatry Interests: trauma in pediatric populations, psychosis, community/cultural psychiatry
  • Other Interests:music/concerts, interior design, craft beers, advanced napping
  • Mai Nguyen, MD
  • Med School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Undergraduate: B.S., University of Houston, Houston, TX, Biology
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Psychiatry Interests: General psychiatry, psychosis, student mental health, psychotherapy
  • Other Interests: traveling, trying new restaurants, exploring the city, Netflix, Houston Rockets
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PGY 2
  • Jerry F. Benzl, MD
  • Med School:University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.A., University of California, CA. Applied Math and Economics.
  • Masters: M.A., University of California, CA. Mathematical Behavioral Science
  • Hometown:Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Psychiatry Interests:Law and Psychiatry, Social and Public Psychiatry, Ethics, and Inpatient Psychiatry
  • General Interests:International travel, gardening, concerts at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and oyster bars!
  • Brandi Jackson, MD
  • Med School:Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate:BS, Cornell University, NY. Human Development. Minor in Biology.
  • Masters: M.A., Northwestern University, IL. Medical Humanities and Bioethics.
  • Hometown:Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Psychiatry Interests:Psychosomatic Medicine, Biomedical Ethics, Psychotic Disorders, Cultural Psychiatry, Academic Medicine
  • Other Interests:Hosting Dinner Parties, Shameless reality television, Interior Design
  • Jenifer Lloyd, MD
  • Med School:University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.A., New York University, NY. French.
  • Hometown:Tinley Park, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests:General adult psychiatry and psychosis, but overall open-minded!
  • Other Interests:Reading, dessert, one-on-one conversations with friends and family, foreign languages, music, mindfulness
  • Mayurika Pise, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Med School:Topiwala National Medical College
  • Undergraduate: MPH: The University of Texas SPH, TX. Epidemiology.
    PhD: University of Texas, TX. Epidemiology, minor Behavioral Science and Biostatistics
  • Eric Reed, MD
  • Med School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Georgetown University, Washington DC. English
  • Hometown:Dayton, OH
  • Psychiatry Interests: Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychoendocrinology, C/L, Psychosis, Integrated Care
  • Other Interests: Stuff
  • Surya Sabhapathy, MD, MPH
  • Med School:University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate:B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science; Evolutionary Anthropology
  • MPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI. Environmental Health Science.
  • Hometown:Northville, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests:Child/adolescent psychiatry, public health, primary prevention of mental health issues, integration with primary care.
  • Other Interests:Cooking, reading, exploring Chicago on foot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Brian J. Salzverg, MD
  • Med School:Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Undergraduate:B.S., University of Miami, Miami, FL. Psychology.
  • Andreea Seicean, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Med School:Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Public Health.
  • MPH, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Public Health.
  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Health Service Research.
  • Hometown:Cleveland, OH
  • Psychiatry Interests:Outcomes, cost, comparative effectiveness, quality improvement, biostatistics
  • Other Interests:Cooking, tennis, travel
  • Tammy Tamayo, MD, PhD
  • Med School:University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • PhD:University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Physiology and Biophysics
  • Undergraduate: BS: University of California at Davis, Davis, CA. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Materials Science and Engineering.
    MS: University of California at Davis, Davis, CA. Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Victor G. Tarson III, MD
  • Med School:University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX
  • Undergraduate: B.S., Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Biological Sciences.
PGY 3
  • Stefan M. Bumol, MD
  • Med School:Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Undergraduate: B.A, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Medicine, Health and Society
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Psychiatry Interests: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry
  • Other Interests: Live Music, Guitar, Nature, Basketball, Computers
  • H. Christopher Karanikas, DO
  • Med School:Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO
  • Undergraduate: B.S./B.A, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, Biology and Psychology
  • Hometown:Charlotte, NC
  • Psychiatry Interests:General, Forensic, and Consult/Liaison Psychiatry, Tele-psychiatry
  • Other Interests:Running, aviation, cooking, exploring the various restaurants and venues throughout Chicago, and traveling
  • Daniel J. Lee, MD
  • Med School:University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate:B.S, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Biology
  • Hometown:Naperville, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests:Neuropsychiatry, phenomenology
  • Other Interests: Chicago Cubs, soccer, Saul Bellow, ramen noodles
  • Nathan P. Schulz, MD
  • Med School:Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Undergraduate:B.S./B.A, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Biology and German
  • Hometown: Iowa City, IA
  • Psychiatry Interests:Neuropsychiatry, forensics and addictions
  • Other Interests:Plays the piano, cooking, travel, sell antiques, and likes to do home improvements.
  • Hugh K. Seller, MD
  • Med School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Undergraduate:B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Biology and Psychology
  • Hometown:Valparaiso, IN
  • Psychiatry Interests:Psychoanalysis
  • Other Interests:Art
  • Angela D. Shrestha, MD
  • Med School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
  • Undergraduate: B.S., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Medical Technology
  • Hometown: Saginaw, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Women's Mental Health, Psychotherapy
  • Other Interests: Traveling, Illy Coffee, Costco
  • Jennifer M. Sprague, MD
  • Med School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Undergraduate: B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Neuroscience and Global Change
  • Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests: Medical Education, Integrated Care, Women’s Mental Health
  • Other Interests:Traveling, farmers markets, spending time with family and friends, cinema, documentaries, hiking, reading
  • Corey J. Thompson, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: M.A./B.A., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Spanish
  • Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Other Interests: Gardening, travel, cooking, foreign languages
  • Timothy G. Yovankin, MD
  • Med School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.S., Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Finance and Pre-medical
  • Hometown:
  • Psychiatry Interests: Child psychiatry, psychiatry embedded in primary care, psychotherapy
  • Other Interests: Cooking, being outdoors with my dog, Daniel Dennett (his religious writings excluded)
  • John P. Zulueta, MD
  • Med School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Harvard University, Boston, MA, East Asian Studies
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Psychiatry Interests:Adult psychiatry, Mood disorders, The application of new and emerging technologies to the practice of psychiatry
  • Other Interests:Chicago's food scene, Long-form journalism, Scripted television
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PGY 4
  • Sarah E. Anderson, MD - Chief Resident
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Psychology
  • Hometown: born in St. Paul, MN. Spent formative years in Streamwood, IL.
  • Psychiatry Interests:Forensic psychiatry and trauma
  • Other Interests: Playing rugby
  • Matthew Lee Dominguez, MD
  • Med School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: M.P.H.E.,Northwestern University,Chicago, IL,Publich Health; B.A.,Stanford University, Stanford, CA,Human Biology
  • Hometown: Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Psychiatry Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Perceptions of Mental Health in the Black and Latino Communities, LGBTQI Mental Health, Tele-Psychiatry and Technological Advances for the Future (Psych? There's an App for that).
  • Other Interests: Public Health
  • Eulogio L. Eclarinal III, MD
  • Med School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.S., University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX, Biochemistry
  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • Psychiatry Interests: Still figuring it out, but everything has been interesting so far.
  • Other Interests: Traveling. Spending time with family and friends. Watching and playing tennis.
  • Scott D. Mariouw, MD
  • Med School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Undergraduate: B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Academic Minor in Mathematics
  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests: General Adult Psychiatry
  • Other Interests: Travel, card games
  • A. Victoria Sisson Smrha, MD
  • Med School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, Biochemistry; Minor in religion and spanish
  • Hometown: Oak Brook, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests: General Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry, Telepsych
  • Other Interests: Spending time with family, cooking, camping and traveling
  • Vanessa A. Stan, MD
  • Med School: Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, MI
  • Undergraduate: M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; M.A., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, Medical Sciences; B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Biology
  • Hometown: Allen Park, MI
  • Psychiatry Interests:Neuropsychiatry, Consult-Liaison Psych, public health, underserved populations and health disparities
  • Other Interests:Cooking, locally sourced food, exploring new areas of Chicago
  • Emily A.Troyer, MD - Chief Resident
  • Med School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH
  • Undergraduate: B.A., University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, Psychology
  • Hometown: I grew up in Wooster, Ohio and Edon, Ohio.
  • Psychiatry Interests: My interests in psychiatry are child and adolescent psych, cross-cultural psych, and increasing mental health access to rural and under-served areas through things like telemedicine.
  • Other Interests: My other interests are playing volleyball, learning about other people and cultures (especially the Amish), shopping, youth mentorship, trying new cuisine, and party planning.
  • Laura E. Craig, MD
  • Med School: Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, TX
  • Undergraduate: B.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Biology
  • Hometown: Arlington, TX
  • Psychiatry Interests: Community Psychiatry, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Other Interests:Yoga, Meditation, Travel
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Fellows PGY 5
 
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Vasanth Kattalai Kailasam, MD
  • Med School: Tirunelveli Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Residency:Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harlem Hospital Center, New York
  • Hometown: Tirunelveli, India
  • Psychiatry Interests:Addiction Psychiatry and Chronic Pain
  • Other Interests:Travel, Cricket, Cooking
  • Lauren Pace, MD
  • Med School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Brown University
  • Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
  • Psychiatry Interests: Addiction, Psychotherapy
  • Other Interests: Painting, Triathlon, Cooking
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Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

As part of the research track, there is an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in Clinical and Translational Science. This is for residents who are interested in developing more knowledge of biostatistics, study design, and epidemiology. For more information about this program, please see the following link: http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcam/CCTS/REACH/index.shtml

 

Principal Investigators

 

Principal Investigators by Area of Interest

ADHD

Atkins, Marc
Stein, Mark A.

 

Autism

Cook Jr, Edwin H.

 

Addictions

Gavin, David
Gonzalez, Raul
Lasek, Amy
Pandey, Subhash C.
Phan, K. Luan
Richman, Judith
Rospenda, Kathleen
Vassileva, Jasmin

 

Trauma

Abdul-Adil, Jaleel
Phan, K. Luan
Suarez, Liza

 

Mood Disorders

Ajilore, Olusola
Dwiwedi, Yogesh
Kumar, Anand
Langenecker, Scott
Pavuluri, Mani
Lamar, Melissa
Liu, Chunyu
Pandey, Ghanshyam N.
West, Amy

 

Anxiety Disorders

Carmin, Cheryl
Connolly, Sucheta
Francis, Jennifer
Klumpp, Heide
Phan, K. Luan
Simpson, David

 

Psychosis/Schizophrenia

Gavin, David
Grayson, Dennis R.
Herbener, Ellen
Sharma, Rajiv P.
Weiden, Peter

 

HIV

Cook, Judith
Donenberg, Geri
Maki, Pauline
Martin, Eileen

 

Women's Mental Health

Maki, Pauline M.
Rubin, Leah


Genetics

Bishop, Jeffrey R
Cook Jr, Edwin H.
Maki, Pauline M.
Pavuluri, Mani
Stein, Mark A.

 

Recent Resident Awards, Publications and Presentations

2014

Zhubi A, Chen Y, Dong E, Cook EH, Guidotti A, Grayson DR. Increased binding of MeCP2 to the GAD1 and RELN promoters may be mediated by an enrichment of 5-hmC in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cerebellum. Translational Psychiatry (2014) 4, e349; Published online 21 January 2014

Tadayonnejad R, Ajilore O. Brain Network Dysfunction in Late-Life Depression: A Literature Review.J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2013 Dec 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Christina Floreani, American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

Reza Tadayon-Nejad, American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

Tushar Advani, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Resident Travel Scholarship

Reza Tadayon-Nejad, Society of Biological Psychiatry Chairman’s Choice Award

2013

Tadayonnejad, R , Kumar, A , Ajilore, O. Functional connectivity alterations in unmedicated late-life Depression. Society of Biological Psychiatry annual meeting, San Francisco, 2013

Tadayonnejad, R, Gomoll, BP., May, A, Bahr Hosseini, M, Caserta, Maria. Delusional Perception and Tilted Vision in a Patient with Confirmed Neurosarcoidosis. American Neuropsychiatric Association annual meeting, Boston, 2013

Zhubi, A. Epigenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Albanian-American Medical Society (AAMC) meeting ,Washington DC March 2013

Zhubi A. Epigenetic mechanisms regulate RELN and GAD67 expression in Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting, San Francisco, May 2013

Zhubi A. Increased binding of MeCP2 to RELN and GAD1 regulatory regions may be mediated by increases in 5-hmC in the promoter regions of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) post-mortem brain samples. Society for Neuroscience (SFN) meeting, San Diego November 2013

Davielle Lakind, Darshan Patel, Marc Atkins, Mark Eddy Mentoring Relationship in Context: Perceptions and Experiences of Paid Mentors. Presented at SCRA 2013 Biennial Conference

Kelley Volpe, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Award

Reza Tadayon-Nejad, National Network of Depression Centers Travel Award

Adrian Zhubi, Ying Chen, Erbo Dong, Edwin H Cook, Alessandro Guidotti, Dennis R. Grayson. Increased binding of MeCP2 to the GAD1 and RELN promoters may be mediated by an enrichment of 5-hmC in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cerebellum, Best Poster for Basic Sciences, 4th Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Forum

Joshua J. Rodgers,Michael J. Schrift.Case Report: Reversible malignant catatonia as part of the presenting clinical syndrome of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia due to TDP-43 positive frontotemporal lobar degeneration, Best Poster for Clinical Sciences, 4th Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Forum

Matthew Dominguez, Dr. David Monash/John Caldwell Scott Residency Scholarship NATIONAL MEDICAL FELLOWS, INC

2012

Burke TF, Advani T, Adachi M, Monteggia LM, Hensler JG.  Sensitivity of hippocampal 5-HT1A receptors to mild stress in BDNF-deficient mice. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2012 May 10:1-15. [Epub ahead of print]

Hensler JG, Advani T, Burke TF, Cheng K, Rice KC, Koek W.  GABAB receptor-positive modulators: brain region-dependent effects.  J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2012 Jan;340(1):19-26. Epub 2011 Sep 27.

Heilman KJ, Connolly SD, Padilla WO, Wrzosek MI, Graczyk PA, Porges SW.  Sluggish vagal brake reactivity to physical exercise challenge in children with selective mutism.  Dev Psychopathol. 2012 Feb;24(1):241-50.

Darhsan Patel. Enhancing Urban Early Career Teachers’ Effectiveness and Connectedness: A Mixed Method Study to the American Educational Research Journal

Shernoff, E.S., Jakobsons, L., Lakind, D., Gabel, S., Patel, D.A., & Cole, K. (2012, May).The role of coaching in supporting early career teachers in urban schools. Paper symposium at the Annual Conference of the Society for Prevention Research. Washington, DC.

 

2011

Mayanil T, Wegbreit E, Fitzgerald J, Pavuluri M.  Emerging biosignature of brain function and intervention in pediatric bipolar disorder. Minerva Pediatr. 2011 Jun;63(3):183-200.

Maloku E, Kadriu B, Zhubi A, Dong E, Pibiri F, Satta R, Guidotti A.  Selective α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists target epigenetic mechanisms in cortical GABAergic neurons.  Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 Jun;36(7):1366-74. Epub 2011 Mar 2.

Engbers JD, Anderson D, Tadayonnejad R, Mehaffey WH, Molineux ML, Turner RW.  Distinct roles for I(T) and I(H) in controlling the frequency and timing of rebound spike responses.  J Physiol. 2011 Nov 15;589(Pt 22):5391-413. Epub 2011 Oct 3.

 

2010

Smith RC, Zhubi A, Maloku E, Sershen H, Lajtha A, Davis JM, Costa E, Guidotti A.  Varenicline treatment decreases DNMT1 mRNA expression in lymphocytes of schizophrenic patients who are cigarette smokers.  Schizophr Res. 2010 Jun;119(1-3):269-70. Epub 2010 Mar 23. No abstract available.

Seillier A, Advani T, Cassano T, Hensler JG, Giuffrida A. Inhibition of fatty-acid amide hydrolase and CB1 receptor antagonism differentially affect behavioural responses in normal and PCP-treated rats. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2010 Apr;13(3):373-86.

Blend MJ, Rohany M, Jones-Martinez N, De Leon OA. Case study of Tc-99m HMPAO brain SPECT imaging in a patient with hepatic encephalopathy and carotid artery stenosis. Clin Nucl Med. 2010 May;35(5):317-20.

Ghadiali N, Gupta R, Lopez R, Wrzosek M (publication date- Sept 2010). Women's Health Case Studies. Eds: Marjorie Jenkins, McGraw-Hill.